HALSEY POND
Hamilton Street, Irvington, Westchester County, NY
4.4 acres


Directions:

Head north on Broadway past Mercy College. Near the area of the Lyndhurst castle, turn right onto Hamilton Street and proceed to the end and park.


History:

A plaque on a rock explains that the castle looking structures on the property is the Beltzhoover Teahouse. It was the largest remaining structure of "Rochroane" the 200 acre Beltzhoover Estate built in 1905. Melchior Beltzhoover was the "President " of Irvington from 1904-1916.

1927  --  estate acquired by Benjamin Halsey. He renamed it Grey Towers. The family owned a portion of the estate from 1927-1976. Mrs. Halsey moved out of the house giving the property to the Catholic church. The estate burned down. Then the church gave the property to a developer. The developer did not want responsibility for the pond so he gave it to the village. The pond became village property in 1980.


Trail:

Walk up hill to a fork in the trail. The left fork takes you to Halsey Pond. The walk around the pond is very pretty. Especially attractive is the Beltzhoover Teahouse which stands like a small castle at pondside. There is a nice view over the pond from the lookout at the Teahouse.

They have had to dredge the pond recently and have thrown a lot of muck up around the sides of the pond. But at least the pond itself looks better now, according to residents of the town who know the pond.

There is an excess of Wisteria sp. all around the pond.


PLANT LIST:
Dr. Patrick L. Cooney


Trees:
Acer palmatum (Japanese maple) palmately compound from 1 point
Acer platanoides (Norway maple)
Acer pseudoplatanus (sycamore maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Ailanthus altissima (tree-of-heaven)
Betula lenta (black birch)
Carpinus caroliniana (musclewood)
Carya glabra (pignut hickory)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree)
Magnolia sp. (saucer magnolia)?
Morus alba (white mulberry)
Pinus strobus (white pine)
Platanus occidentalis (sycamore) or the London plane (one has yellowish bark)
Prunus serotina (black cherry)
Quercus palustris (pin oak)
Quercus prinus (chestnut oak)
Quercus rubra (red oak)
Quercus velutina (black oak)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)
Salix babylonica (weeping willow)
Salix discolor (pussy willow)
Sassafras albidum (sassafras)
Thuja occidentalis (Arbor vitae)
Tilia americana (American basswood)
Tilia spp. (European lindens)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)
Ulmus americana (American elm)
Ulmus rubra (slippery elm)

Shrubs:
Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush) 8/10/00
Clethra alnifolia (sweet pepperbush) 8/10/00
Cornus alternifolia (alternate-leaved dogwood)
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Corylus americana (common hazel)
Forsythia sp. (golden bells)
Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
Kalmia latifolia (mountain laurel)
Lindera benzoin (spice bush)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Rhododendron maximum (rosebay rhododendron)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Rubus sp. (blackberry)
Spiraea sp. (fancy hort. spiraea)
Viburnum sieboldii? (Siebold's viburnum)?
Vinca minor (periwinkle)

Vines:
Ampelopsis brevipedunculata (porcelain berry)
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Smilax rotundifolia (round-leaved greenbrier)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis spp. (grape vines)
Wisteria sp. (wisteria)

Herbs:
Achillea millefolium (yarrow)
Aegopodium podagraria (goutweed)
Agrimonia sp. (agrimony) 8/10/00
Ajuga reptans (ajuga)
Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)
Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)
Artemisia vulgaris (common mugwort)
Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)
Aster sp. (aster) 8/10/00
Aster spp. (asters)
Boehmeria cylindrica (false nettle)
Capsella bursa-pastoris (shepherd's purse) 8/10/00
Centaurea dubia (knapweed) 8/10/00
Chenopodium album (pigweed)
Chrysanthemum leucanthemum (ox-eye daisy) 8/10/00
Chrysanthemum parthenium? (feverfew --mayweed with mugwort type leaves) 8/10/00
Cimicifuga racemosa (American bugbane)
Collinsonia canadensis (horsebalm)
Convallaria majalis (lily of the valley)
Coronilla varia (crown vetch) vetch w/ tendrils & mucronate tip
Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace) 8/10/00
Desmodium sp. (tick trefoil) 8/10/00
Desmodium glutinosum (pointed leaved tick trefoil) 8/10/00
Duchesnea indica (Indian strawberry) 8/10/00
Erigeron strigosus (lesser daisy fleabane) 8/10/00
Eupatorium rugosum (white snakeroot)
Galinsoga sp. (galinsoga) 8/10/00
Galium little prickly 6 in whorl
Galium mollugo (wild madder)?
Galium (blunt lobed wild licorice with mucronate tip)
Geranium sibiricum (Siberian geranium) 8/10/00
Geum lanceolatum (rough avens)
Gingko biloba (gingko)
Hibiscus moscheutos (swamp rose mallow) 8/10/00
Hieracium sp. (hawkweed) 8/10/00 multiple heads both sides hairy and stem hairy
Hydrangea sp. (hydrangea) opp toothed lvs big ellip lvs
Hypoxis hirsuta (yellow star grass) 8/10/00
Impatiens capensis (orange jewelweed) 8/10/00
Iris pseudacorus (yellow flag)
Lactuca canadensis (wild lettuce) 8/10/00
Lapsana communis (nipplewort) 8/10/00
Lemna sp. (duckweed)
Lobelia inflata (Indian tobacco lobelia) 8/10/00
Lysimachia nummularia (moneywort)
Medicago lupulina (black medick) 8/10/00
Melilotus alba (white sweet clover) 8/10/00
Myosotis scorpioides (larger forget-me-not) 8/10/00
Osmorhiza sp. (aniseroot)?
Oxalis sp. (yellow wood sorrel) 8/10/00
Penthorum sedoides (ditch stonecrop) 8/10/00
Phytolacca americana (pokeweed)
Pilea pumila (clearweed)
Plantago lanceolata (English plantain) 8/10/00
Plantago major (common plantain)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose knotweed) 8/10/00
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed)
Polygonum sp. (dooryard knotweed) 8/10/00
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)
Prunella vulgaris (self-heal) 8/10/00
Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black eyed Susan) 8/10/00
Rumex orbiculatus (broad dock)
Satureja vulgaris (wild basil) 8/10/00
Scutellaria lateriflora (maddog skullcap) 8/10/00
Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade) 8/10/00
Solanum nigrum (black nightshade) 8/10/00
Solidago caesia (blue stemmed goldenrod)
Solidago odora (sweet goldenrod) 8/10/00
Taraxacum officinale (common dandelion)
Trifolium pratense (red clover) 8/10/00
Tussilago farfara (coltsfoot)
Urtica dioica var. dioica (stinging nettle) heart-shaped base
Verbascum thapsus (common mullein)
Verbena urticifolia (white vervain) 8/10/00
Veronica officinalis (common speedwell)
Viola sp. (Violet)
(boxwood)
(fancy grass like zebra grass)
(hort. lamb's ear) 8/10/00

Rushes:
Juncus tenuis (path rush)

Sedges:
Cyperus strigosus or esculentus (flat sedge)
Scirpus atrovirens (dark green bulrush)

Grasses:
Bromus inermis (smooth brome grass)
Dactylis glomeratus (orchard grass)
Festuca ovina? (sheep fescue grass) 8/10/00
Lolium perenne (wild rye grass)
Microstegium vimineum (Japanese stilt grass)
Muhlenbergia schreberi (nimblewill grass)
Panicum clandestinum (deer tongue panic grass)
Phleum pratense (timothy grass)
Poa annua (annual bluegrass) 8/10/00
Poa compressa (Canada bluegrass)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Asplenium platyneuron (ebony spleenwort)
Athyrium filix-femina (lady fern)
Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)
Thelypteris palustris (marsh fern)